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USS LSM-253


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Echo - Sierra
NVES
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 24 April 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, 17 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-253, 9 May 1944, LT. Taylor W. Gray USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-253 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla One, CDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28);
    LSM Group One, LCDR. P. L. O'Leary USNR;
    LSM Division Two and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 18 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-253 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 9 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 23 June 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-253 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 23 December 1947, to Foss Launch & Tug Co., Seattle, WA., fate unknown.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft
    light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    Armament
    one twin bow mounted 40mm gun
    four single 20mm gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    Propulsion
    two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    LSM-253 63k LSM-253 under way, 8 May 1944, builder's completion photo, Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Fort Newark, NJ. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-253 71k LSM-253 under way, 8 May 1944, builder's completion photo, Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Fort Newark, NJ. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-253 23k LSM-253 under way, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    LSM-253 63k LSM-253 under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-253 77k LSM-253 under way, date and location unknown.
    USNI photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-253 40k LSM-253 under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    The history extract for USS LSM-253 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gray, Taylor W., USNR9 May 1944 - ?
    02LT. Adams, S. P., USNRMay 1945

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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